The 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival 2014 Slated on November 19-23

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Come one, come all to the 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival.

The 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival will be held on November 19-23, 2014 at the PNB Fountain Area, North Capitol Road, Bacolod City.

Celebrating the event with the theme, “One Negros, One Green Economy”, the NIOFF will showcase the different organic products and technologies in the island of Negros that continues to uphold the principles of organic agriculture covering care, health, ecology, and fairness. They also aim to sustain the promotion and implementation of the “organic industry in order to strengthen the green economy of Negros island to cushion the impact of climate change; and to continue opening economic opportunities for the whole organic industry in the island.”

The 9th organic festival will be attended by experts in the field of organic agriculture, government officials, top chefs, restaurateurs, students, and organic farmers.

Last year, Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson together with Usec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Undersecretary for Special Concerns of the National Organic Agriculture Board, lead in the ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the 8th Organic Farmers Festival, yesterday. /Capitol photo

Aside from the usual marketing of fresh organic produce as well as processed organic products, there will also be a showcase of technologies and equipment that will aid those who want to adapt organic agriculture in their homes or communities. Additionally, there will be talks and symposia on a variety of topics related to farming and living the organic way, as well as government laws and interventions. There will also be games and fun activities for farmers and other participants that will continue to raise awareness about the organic lifestyle.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. checks on the organic products displayed and sold at the exhibit area at the Capitol Grounds as part of the celebration of the four-day Organic Farmers Festival in 2013. /Capitol photo

On the evening of November 19, there will be a Dream Fashion Show that will showcase the provinces’ export-quality indigenous crafts.

This year, the NIOFF promises to be a big event, as many sectors, including those in the social media, have been tapped to raise awareness, not just for this annual event but also for the organic living that the Negros island is promoting.

The NIOFF is a joint effort of the provincial governments of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, the private sector, non-government organizations, and foundations that would all like to contribute a positive change to the country and eventually the world. Perhaps it will not be long for the island to be known worldwide as the Organic Food bowl of Asia where people are preferring organic products, are living healthier lives, and where farmers are earning fairly from their produce.

Among the fun activities is the kadang race. 😀

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